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Thinking of opening a new business? Here are some simple steps to help aid you in getting your business going in no time:

  1. File an Assumed Name (D.B.A.) Certificate with the County Clerk in the county(s) in which the business is located and/or will conduct business. (Incorporated Assumed Name Certificates are no longer recorded at The County Clerk's Office.  They are now required to be recorded with The State of Texas.)
  2. Corporations and incorporation documents are filed with the Texas Secretary of State in Austin at 512-463-5555. Upon filing in Austin, the D.B.A. is then filed in the county(s).
  3. Texas Wide Open for Business offers steps on starting a business, growing a business as well as many other valuable resources.
  4. To obtain a State Sales Tax ID #, contact the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at 800-252-8880, 800-252-5555
  5. IRS - Small Business and Self - Employed Tax Center, is full of helpful information and resources, including an Employer's Tax Guide for 2012.
  6. Federal Tax Identification Number also known as an Employer ID Number (EIN) can be obtained through the IRS, click here to apply online.
  7. Worker's Compensation Information--visit the web page for the Texas Department of Insurance.
  8. Patents and Trademarks - vist the web page for The United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  9. Licenses and Regulations - Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
  10. If the business is operated in home, review the deed restrictions and contact the homeowners association.
  11. If the business is located in a city or its jurisdiction, contact the city for possible permit requirements. See the Brazoria County main page for a link to the City's webpage.
  12. Contact the County Environmental Health Department for a business involved in food preparation at: 979-864-1600 - Angleton.
  13. Appraisal District Guide to Personal Property Rendition


The following is a partial list of local resources for starting a new business: